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Essensia Reykjavik

Hverfisgata, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
+354 517 0030
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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“lobster pizza” (12 reviews)
“tiramisu” (8 reviews)
“risotto balls” (4 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Seafood, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Hverfisgata, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
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Reviewed 4 days ago

after having a huge tasting menu the day before, we needed something light and easy, and since we had walked past Essensia several times, it looked like a good place for a easy meal. We ordered several starters and some wine - at it was...More

Thank ToreLev
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great Italian food and fish! Atmosphere ís good both fór lunch and dinner and the staff ís warm snd friendly. My favourite Reykjavík restaurant!

Thank Olga Ö
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We choose Grillaður Lambarifjur “Scottadito”and Tagliatelle Carbonara. The food was really good, very, very tasty. And what was important to me, it wasn't salty. Very friendly staff an additional bonus. Only prices are too high in my opinion-welcome in Iceland.

Thank willoh64
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it was just ok, and when you are throwing this much jack at dinner, it needs to be more than that. although there is pasta, which is great with kids, it was underwhelming. when my daughter asked for a green salad, they looked at her...More

1  Thank jerome o
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fish dishes in Iceland are as plentiful as they are fresh and delicious. That said, if you’re in Iceland for more than a few days, you will need a break from fish for a meal or two. Essensia offers great Italian faire right in the...More

Thank oxman78
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After enduring 34 hours from Sydney over 3 flights it was a satisfying experience to eat here. The food was awesome, the service genuine and great prices. Even the coffee was good.

Thank Rob D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Designed nicely, this place could just as easily be in for instance London or Chicago. The staff is welcoming and helpful. Menu is good - food is nice - had a parmigiana and the tiramisu - both lightly free versions of the original recipes. All...More

Thank Martijn B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This restaurant serves high quality Italian food. It does not really go into experimentation, but just really well executed traditional cuisine with good ingredients and attention to details. I have mostly been there for lunch and I think it is one of the better lunch...More

Thank Kjartan E
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

Went with my husband out for dinner. The food was good and if you go there you have to try Tiramisu for dessert

Thank Berglind B
Reviewed May 2, 2018 via mobile

We went there before theater show and had a quick dinner - the service was good and they are doing there best

Thank Bryndís Ó
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Janet B
October 20, 2017|
Response from Hakon O | Property representative |
Dear Janet B. Thank you so much for visiting ... twice :-) We are delighted to hear you liked our restaurant, food and service. Thank you very much and kind regards from Essensia
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$35 - $116
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hverfisgata, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
  • Location: Europe  >  Iceland  >  Capital Region  >  Reykjavik
  • Phone Number: +354 517 0030
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Essensia Restaurant is located in downtown Reykjavík. In an open space with beatiful view over the park of "Arnarhóll" and the Harpa music hall. Run by the Bocuse d'Or award winning chef Hákon Már Örvarsson. Authentic Italian/Mediterranean cuisine, sharing plates, salumi-cheese platters, gourmet pizzas and pastas, family style main courses, delicious desserts, select wines, cocktails and more ....
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